NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 3:03 PM
Daniel Craig has made it clear that when it comes to playing James Bond he’s over it – which is why this weekend’s upcoming press junket is on a lockdown worthy of a 007 villain.
First of all, it’s in Mexico City instead of New York or L.A. And Sunday’s hotel room junket interviews with cast members will take place at the St. Regis, where the cast is staying. But unlike most other junkets, most reporters are not staying at the same hotel.
“They want to make sure no-one runs into Daniel and asks him questions and he goes off,” says our source, who adds that he will have a studio minder with him, much like a baby-sitter.
“He’s acted like a loose cannon and everyone who has been flown in to interview him has been instructed on what they can and cannot ask,” one invited reporter tells us. “No personal questions and no questions about why he has been trashing the film.”
Craig had told Time Out London he’s ready to put the blockbuster role behind him, adding that he would rather slash his wrists than play 007 again. “I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on,” he said.
And having the junket in Mexico City ensures that he doesn’t “move on” with lots of pesky reporters watching.
“If the movie flies in reporters and TV crews and puts them up at a hotel, then the film producers have more control over the journalists and what they ask Craig,” one top movie exec tells Confidenti@l.
And there are bound to be lots of questions about the movie, “Spectre,” which opens Nov. 6.
According to the leaked Sony emails, the film will clock in among the most expensive movies ever made, in the mid $ 300 million range. The emails also offered sensational details about script problems, and concerns about the weak ending.
Organizers of the junket are ready.
“The red carpet premiere is taking place on Monday at Auditorio Nacional and we have been instructed what we can and cannot ask,” adds the reporter. “Producers have not yet let us see the film, which is never a good sign. They seem concerned about us asking about all the product placements in the movie.”
Then again, the movie premiere and junket were always scheduled to take place in Mexico City, which is prominently featured in the film, including the opening segment, another source tells Confidenti@l, dismissing the suggestion that the Mexican capital was chosen to control reporters’ questions or Craig.